Superior Court of
the Pow Wow Briefs, 1871-1969: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Law School
© 2008 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Repository: Harvard Law School Library,
Call No.: HOLLIS
Creator: Superior Court of
the Pow Wow
Quantity: 13 boxes, 2 Paige
Abstract: Legal briefs
and administrative records of the Superior Court of the Pow Wow, a
Harvard Law School student organization, dating from its inception in
1870 to 1898. There are also a few records from 1934-1969.
Processed by Margaret Peachy, March 2008
The records of the Superior Court of the
Pow Wow were given to Harvard Law School in 1911. Contact Curator of
Modern Manuscipts and Archives for further information.
Access to these papers is governed by
the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This
collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard
Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval.
Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.
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collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff.
Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law
School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting
the persons or organizations who hold copyright.
The bulk of this collection falls in the late 19th
century, spanning the years 1870-1898. However, there are a few
records from the 20th century, spanning the years 1934-1969.
Documentation includes: administrative records; legal briefs of
defendants and plaintiffs; case files; and reports of cases. There is
also an index of the trials heard in the years 1871-1885. The index
lists the case title, number, date, court and counsel.
- Series I: Loose briefs 1871-1898.
Folders are arranged
chronologically. They are described with the terms "Michaelmas Term"
and "Hilary Term," which are part of the Britsh terminology for
descibing the legal year. The Michaelmas Term runs from October to
December, and the Hilary Term runs January to April.
- Series II: Bound volumes 1870-1969.
Within each series and/or subseries
individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number.
For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5, folder 12.
Superior Court of the Pow Wow was a student law club organized in
1870. As a Superior Court it consisted only of first-year students
who participated in moot courts.
During much of the
nineteenth century, moot court exercises were an integral part of the
Harvard Law School curriculum. The intention was to acquaint students
with court room practice and to give them experience in the arguing
of cases in a clinical setting. When interest in these
school-sponsored moot courts began to wan in the 1870s, it was due in
part to the rise in popularity of various law clubs, which held moot
courts of their own. In the mid-1800s the prominent clubs were Coke,
Kent, Bracton, Fleta, and Marshall. The Marshall Club was the oldest,
having been founded in 1825. The clubs were made up of students
elected from each class based on their social prominence and legal
ability, and were often organized according to previous affiliation.
For exampleThe Kent Club was made up of students who attended Yale.
When it was first organized, members of the Pow Wow Club conducted
these arguments among themselves, whereas, in later years one club
argued against another
The following catalog entries represent
persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection.
Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910.
Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott
Taussig, F. W. (Frank
Warren, Samuel D.(Samuel
Law students -- United
- Series I: Loose briefs
- 1-1 to 1-3Michaelmas Term,
- 1-9 to 2-3Hilary Term,
- 2-4 to 3-5Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1873 – Hilary Term,
- 3-6 to 3-9Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1874 – Hilary Term,
- 3-10 to 4-5Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1875 – Hilary Term,
- 4-6 to 4-7Michaelmas Term,
- 4-8 to 5-1Hilary Term,
- 5-2 to 5-3Michaelmas Term,
- 5-4 to 5-5Hilary Term,
- 5-6 to 6-2Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1878 – Hilary Term,
- 6-3 to 6-11Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1879 – Hilary Term,
- 7-1 to 7-7Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1880 – Hilary Term,
- 7-8 to 8-5Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1881 – Hilary Term,
- 8-6 to 9-5 Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1882 – Hilary Term,
- 9-6 to 9-7Michaelmas Term,
- 9-8 to9-9Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1883 – Hilary Term,
- 9-10 to 10-1Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1884 – Hilary Term,
- 10-2 to 10-3 Hilary Term,
- 10-4 to 10-6 Michaelmas Term,
Date: 1884 – Hilary Term,
- 10-7Hilary Term,
- 11-1 to 11-2Case files,
- 11-3 Case files,
- 11-4 to 11-5Case files,
- 11-6 Case files,
- 12-1 to 12-3 Case files,
- 12-4 to 12-5Case files,
- 12-6 Court Docket, Case files,
- 13-1 Case files,
- 13-2Case files,
- 13-3 Case files,
- 13-5The Pow Wow Harvard Law School,
1870-1937, with letter from Samuel Earnshaw to Mr.
Warren, April 10, 1937
- 13-6The Pow Wow Harvard Law School,
1870-1937,two additional copies of the
- Series II: Bound volumes
- Box 1. Reports of Cases, 1870-1882
- Box 2. Reports of Cases, 1876-1877
- Box 3. Reports of Cases, 1877-1879
- Box 4. Reports of Cases, 1879-1881
- Box 5. Superior Court of the Pow Wow Law
Club Record Book, 1881-1882
- Box 6. Reports of Case, 1882-1883
- Box 7. Reports of Cases Tried before the
Superior Court of the Pow Wow, 1883-1884
- Box 8. Constitution, By-Laws, Duties of
the Clerk, Records, 1872-1875
- Box 9. Revised Constitution, Records,
- Box 10. Superior Court of the Pow Wow
- Box 11. Pow Wow Records, 1873-1895,
- Box 12. Superior Court of the Pow Wow
- Box 13. Records of the Superior Court of
the Pow Wow, 1897-1898
- Pow Wow Club, 1911-1912 (not in pizza